Report: Kennedy set sporting for director role before Rodgers exit

By John Reid

February 27, 2019

John Kennedy was set to become sporting director at Celtic before Brendan Rodgers’ departure from the club, according to a report.

The Daily Mail has disclosed that Kennedy – currently a coach at Celtic – had been given Rodgers’ backing to take up the new role at the club.

That is not happening now as Rodgers has quit Celtic for Leicester. Kennedy, alongside Damian Duff, will assist interim boss Neil Lennon until the end of the season.

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Intriguing development

The news regarding Kennedy is certainly intriguing. The Hoops have shied away from making those kind of appointments in the past.

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Perhaps there was going to be a change in the club’s strategy next season. Kennedy’s new role would be just the start of those. He obviously is held in high regard at the club, as sporting director is a job with big responsibilities.

Put on the back burner

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You would imagine that if Neil Lennon ends up taking the job permanently, the sporting director idea will be put on the back burner. Unless it is a role that Kennedy has set his heart on.

Football is a fast moving business and that is certainly true with the events that have occurred at Celtic Park in the last 24 hours. No doubt there will be more developments in the weeks to come. For now though, all focus at Celtic should be on winning at Tynecastle on Wednesday night.